Anuak Market

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In Gambela's north is the Anuak market. Vendors sit in the shade of the trees selling cereals, firewood, large Nile perch and tobacco. To pass the time, many indulge in akowyo (water-pipe) smoking. You can taste the borde (traditional sorghum ‘beer’), served to thirsty marketgoers from metal buckets.

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